Grandma makes the best cookies, dontchaknow

Grandma makes the best cookies, dontchaknow

Karma hot spot, ready to go. Let’s see how this works.

Karma hot spot, ready to go. Let’s see how this works.

I am pleased to admit that I am almost done gathering everything I intend on taking with me on my trip and my pack weighs in at ~19 pounds! The only thing left to put together is a first aid kit and a knife kit (cooking supplies, etc.). I even managed to fit my climbing shoes, chalk, and harness in my bag!


This past week I got a few more gear items. I bought an ENO SingleNest Hammock with some extra rope and my favorite (and I’m ridiculously excited for it) Eagle Creek Pack-it Cubes! I fit all the clothes I intend on bringing with me (minus socks/undies) into one packing cube and I am ecstatic about it! I read somewhere that rolling your clothes, instead of folding them, gives you a lot more space. I have to say I agree and this is the technique I’ve used in packing this cube.


Now, to continue on with getting rid of things I don’t want to keep around my apartment and taking them to my grandmother’s for a very large garage sale. Also, keep adding things on Craigslist - that process really gets monotonous after the first 5 posts.

Going to visit Patches in Cali in a week and half! My last day of work is Next Monday (but I have the next three days off). Things are getting real and it’s starting to feel crazy!

It feels good to be so on top of things…

A Case for Staying off the Scale and Not Weighing Yourself - Nia Shanks

This is something I strongly believe in, but have a hard time conveying to people. 

I get really uncomfortable talking about weight and I’m uncomfortable with how uncomfortable it makes me! :)

I weigh myself less and less nowadays, only stepping on the scale MAYBE once per month. Before I weighed myself this month it had been probably about two months. I have been feeling really good. Not working out as often as ideal, but I’m not beating myself up about it - I’ve been very busy and very productive in other ways. I have felt great, with tons of energy, and if I’m being honest, have felt pleased with the way my body is toning up. However, the last time I stepped on the scale - maybe a week or two ago - I had gained almost 10 pounds since the last weigh in. 

Instantly I thought to myself, I’m just going to pay better attention to things I may have been slacking on lately - exercise especially. I put the scale away and went about my day, not thinking more of it.

Yet ever so surely, I find that number lingering in my mind. I know it’s meaningless, I laugh it off and remember the things I am constantly telling others: “Think about how good you feel,” I say.

I think it’s interesting the way I still find myself thinking about it. I am slowly but surely starting to be able to not care about it at all. I hope to one day soon say I don’t with 100% confidence.

This is a pretty personal message to whoever is reading this. I hope this article gets some wheels turning in your head. Boys and Girls alike!

Gathering Gear: Functionality.

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I’ve come to find I’m a very organized person, which is a very bizarre realization for me. I never used to be, that’s for sure. When did this happen? I pride myself in being able to Tetris-pack things into particular spaces and I find myself being ultra-conscious about the weight, size, and reasoning behind every item I am packing. I get excited about Packing Cubes and the business-travel side of me is totally geeking out over all the awesome travel gadgets there are out there and discovering the ones that will best assist me. I will admit I’ve been spending quite a bit of time on Pinterest for help in finding cool ideas. Additionally, just this week, buying my general base gear has got me quite excited!

First off, can I just talk up the REI Membership? That thing is freaking AWESOME! It’s a one-time $20 joining fee and it comes with amazing perks/coupons, an awesome yearly dividend, voting rights within the co-op, but the best part in my experience: the return policy. Satisfaction guaranteed. If you are not satisfied with a product for any reason, no matter how long you have had the item, you can return it for money back or store credit! I returned two items - an Osprey back-back that I have had for over a year and only used once and a pair of Vibram 5finger shoes that I have had for years. I even ran Tough Mudder in them! My complaint is that whenever I wear them for long periods of time, the tie part indents my skin and hurts my feet, so I find I don’t wear them very often anymore. I wasn’t expecting a return, but I had heard about the amazing policy and thought it was worth a shot to at least ask. Within 5 minutes of entering the store I already had $180 in-store credit, plus a $40 dividend. Needless to say, I felt like a kid in a candy shop. 

Purchases from REI this week:

I also picked up a clothesline (which I think I am going to return and look up ideas/tips for putting my own together) and a half Buff. Sometimes my intuition just grabs a hold of me and I know when I’m just gonna LOVE something! The half Buff I got is amazing. I’ve basically been wearing it since I bought it. I will probably buy two more of these and only bring one bandana with me on the trip. [For those of you who are unaware, I love bandanas and have a small collection. I had full intentions of bringing 5-7 bandanas with me before I discovered these rad Buffs!]

Other things I have already purchased include a back-pack and Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro - which I plan on using in place of a computer and doing all my business work off of.

There is certainly quite a few more items to gather up, but like I said, I’m quite excited about this start!

Travel Plan Update:

The next step in travel: the first full week of May I am going to go visit my travel buddy, Patches, in Etna, California where he currently resides. My grandmother has so graciously offered to let me take her car; mine has a lot of miles on it… 

I am excited about this trip! I will get a realistic feel for the amount of weight I plan on packing around with me and some nice down time to just kick it with Patches and enjoy some beautiful landscapes. I hope the weather is nice!

(Source: gym-fit)

"I thought I was out of everything Smoothie". Handful of ice cubes, 1 banana,  1/2 avocado, 2tbsp peanut butter, 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, coconut milk, water for desired consistency, pumpkin spice seasoning. Pretty tasty!

"I thought I was out of everything Smoothie". Handful of ice cubes, 1 banana, 1/2 avocado, 2tbsp peanut butter, 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, coconut milk, water for desired consistency, pumpkin spice seasoning. Pretty tasty!

Burgers for dinner tonight. Pics and recipe to follow.

Burgers for dinner tonight. Pics and recipe to follow.

Physical therapy in the sunshine for an hour. Now time for a veg/fruit juice icee!

Physical therapy in the sunshine for an hour. Now time for a veg/fruit juice icee!

Behind the scenes pic - here I’m getting ready to record videos for my online personal training business. Slowly, but surely, I’m getting ready to launch!

Behind the scenes pic - here I’m getting ready to record videos for my online personal training business. Slowly, but surely, I’m getting ready to launch!

Breakfast casserole

Breakfast casserole